Canterbury

Directions

Canterbury has excellent transport links. The Medway campus is 30 miles away en route to London (55 miles to the north-west and less than an hour away by high-speed train). Dover is half an hour away to the south-east, and the nearest coastal town in Whitstable, six miles to the North. The Eurostar terminals at Ashford and Ebbsfleet are close by, meaning you can be in Paris, Brussels or Lille within two hours.

Transport links

How to get here:

By car:

From London, the North and East Anglia (via M25 clockwise): Leave M25 at junction 2 signposted A2 Canterbury, continue on A2/M2, leave M2 at junction 7 signposted A2 Canterbury. Follow signs to Canterbury.

From the West and South-West (via M25 anticlockwise): At M25 junction 5 continue ahead on M26(M20) signposted Maidstone, leave M20 at junction 7 signposted A249 Canterbury, join M2 at junction 5 for Canterbury, leave M2 at junction 7 signposted A2 Canterbury. Follow signs to Canterbury.

From the South-East: Maidstone and Tonbridge: M20, A249, M2, A2 Ashford: A28 Folkestone: M20, A28 Dover: A2.

From Canterbury to the campus:
Via A2 eastbound/London: Rheims Way, London Road, Whitstable Road, University Road.
Via A2 westbound/A28: Wincheap, Rheims Way, London Road, Whitstable Road, University Road.

Car parking

Applicant Days

The postcode for University Road is CT2 7NP. On arrival, follow Applicant Day parking signs directing you to available car parks on campus. If you indicated on your booking form that you are travelling by car, you will be able to print off a parking permit with your itinerary via KentVision.

Other visitor parking

All other visitors should use the Pay & Display car parks marked on the Visitor parking map. There is free visitor parking across the University after 5pm and at weekends.

Pay & Display charges

  Up to 3 hours Whole day
Central visitor £2.00 £6.00
Sports Centre £2.00 £6.00
Beverley Farm £2.00 £5.00
Pavilion £2.00 £5.00
Oaks £2.00 £5.00

Please note the Pay & Display machines are coin payment only and we cannot guarantee a space will be available within these car parks. free visitor parking across the University after 5pm and at weekends.

Accessible parking for visitors with restricted mobility

There are accessible parking bays in the Central car park and other car parks on campus. See Visitor parking map for locations of all car parks. Please ensure that your blue badge is visible. Visitors with restricted mobility can reserve a parking bay by contacting parking@kent.ac.uk or +44 (0)1227 823609.

Applicant Day visitors

Please display your parking permit clearly in the windscreen of your vehicle when driving onto University premises and park in a marked bay. Vehicles displaying this permit will be exempt from Pay & Display. If parking in an accessible parking bay, please ensure your Blue Badge is also visible. Please be aware the permit only covers you to park in the stated designated areas and no other areas on University premises. Failure to park in these areas may result in a parking fine.

 

By air

London Heathrow; London Underground to the National Rail mainline station you intend to travel from (see 'rail' tab).
Heathrow airport - London Underground - National Rail Enquiries - South Eastern Trains

London Gatwick; Gatwick Express to London Victoria (30 mins four times each hour). If you are not traveling to Canterbury from London Victoria, take the London Underground to the National Rail mainline station you are traveling from (see 'rail' tab).
Gatwick airport - Gatwick Express - National Rail Enquiries - South Eastern Trains

London Stansted; Train to Tottenham Hale station (30mins), London Underground to the National Rail mainline station you intend to travel from (see 'rail' tab).or Stansted Express to London Liverpool Street railway station (45 mins), London Underground to your National Rail mainline station.
Stansted airport - National Rail Enquiries - Stansted Express - South Eastern Trains

London Luton; Train to London Bridge railway station (50 mins), train from London Bridge to Canterbury West (90 mins).
Luton airport - National Rail Enquiries - Thameslink Trains - South Eastern Trains

By Channel Tunnel:

From France; take the Eurostar to Ashford - journey time approx 2 hours Paris, 1 hour Lille; then train to Canterbury West, 20 minutes [check times with National Rail Enquiries].
Eurostar - National Rail Enquiries - South Eastern Trains

From Belgium; take the Eurostar to Ebbsfleet - journey time approx 2 hours Brussels ; then coach to Canterbury West, 45 minutes [check times with National Express].
Eurostar - National Express

From France (by road/rail) take Le Shuttle from Calais to the Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal. From the terminal, follow signs to Folkestone, Dover, Canterbury and Ramsgate (M20/A20). Stay on the A20 until instructed to join the A260 signposted Canterbury - approx 40 minutes journey time.
EuroTunnel (Le Shuttle)

By rail:

London (St Pancras) to Canterbury West: High speed trains - journey time approximately 55 minutes. Trains depart on an hourly basis.

London (Victoria) to Canterbury East: journey time approximately 85 minutes.

London (Charing Cross or Waterloo East) to Canterbury West: journey time approximately 90 minutes.

Passengers who have to cross London from one main-line terminus to another are advised to allow one hour between their arrival and departure times in which to do this.

Further information on all rail routes can be found from National Rail Enquiries and South Eastern Trains

See bus information for directions from Canterbury East and Canterbury West train stations to the University.

By bus:

National Express runs a regular service from London Victoria coach station to Canterbury bus station. From here, you can catch the Unibus (Uni 1, Uni 2) or Number 36 bus service to the University campus.

To the University from:

Canterbury Bus Station - regular bus service Uni 1, Uni 2 or Number 36, takes approximately 14 minutes.

Canterbury East train station - turn right straight outside the station (do not cross the bridge opposite the station) and follow the road to the bus stop - regular bus service Uni 1, Uni 2 or Number 4.

Canterbury West train station - turn right and walk to the end of the road, cross the road at the zebra crossing and the bus stop is on the left - regular bus service Uni 1, Uni 2 or Number 4.

You should alight at Keynes bus stop.

Return from the University (Keynes bus stop) to:

Canterbury Bus Station – regular bus service Uni 1 or Uni 2, takes approximately 14 minutes.

Canterbury East train station - regular bus service Uni 1 stops on opposite side of the road to the station - walk towards the entrance to Dane John Gardens, then go right up the steps and cross over the bridge to get to Canterbury East station.

Canterbury West train station - regular bus service Uni 2 stops outside the station (or Uni 1 - alight at bus stop on London Road and walk down St Dunstan's Street, turn left into Station Road West to get to Canterbury West station).

Bus stops

See map for bus stops on campus.

Further information available from Stagecoach in East Kent and National Express

By foot (from Canterbury West):

You can walk from Canterbury West train station (about 25-30 minutes).

  • Turn left out of the station and walk to the end of the road.
  • Just after the 'Goods Shed' market on your left, take the footpath on the left and take the subway under the railway line.
  • The University is signposted on blue signs from here.

Main address

University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent,
England,
CT2 7NZ
Tel: +44 (0)1227 764000

Parking

Visitors should use the Pay & Display car parks marked on the Visitor parking map.

Blue badge holders can use accessible parking bays in any car parks.

Satellite navigation

The postcode for University Road is CT2 7NP. Then follow directions for visitor parking.

Parking on campus is severely restricted. We would, therefore, recommend that you travel by public transport if at all possible.

 

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The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 764000

Last Updated: 11/05/2017